Priest Holmes, a San Antonio, Texas native, attended John Marshall High School where he led his football team to the state championship game Holmes went on to the University of Texas in 1992, where he played for the Longhorns and majored in Sports Management, receiving a Bachelor in Education (B.Ed). In 1997, Holmes’ NFL career took him to the Baltimore Ravens where he earned a ring in Super Bowl XXXV. Holmes experienced his breakout success after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001. In his first season with the Chiefs, he became the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,555 yards for the 2001 season. Priest announced his retirement from the NFL in 2007. At the time of his departure from the NFL, Holmes held the Chiefs franchise all-time total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and leader in rushing yards.
Holmes set the standard for excellent on and off the field. His accomplishments have been commemorated with inductions into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, UT Longhorn Hall of Honors and Texas High School Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas. In 2014 Holmes was inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame. Prior to his retirement from the NFL, he founded the Priest Holmes Foundation (PHF) in 2005. PHF is committed to ENCOURAGING education and ENHANCING the lives of children in our community. Through comprehensive programs and scholarships the foundation will help lay the groundwork to EMPOWER students to achieve brighter and more prosperous futures. In 2002 Priest Holmes was named the Pillar of Character for Fairness by the Northside Education Foundation. Since retiring from the NFL in 2007, Holmes is once again calling San Antonio his home and has become one of the city’s most active philanthropists. In addition to his dedication to various charitable initiatives, Priest is actively involved in the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) San Antonio - Austin Chapter as Vice President and serves on the Board of Directors.